That is exactly what Manchester United Women Football Club did when they signed midfielder Tobin Heath and striker Christen Press in September.
“I think that given the number of great players that have come to England and the kind of sporting culture change that has taken place with Covid-19, there is a great opportunity for women’s football to be fair to men and on standing on the pitch. “Same channels at the same time and to get the same respect,” the two-time World Cup winner told Press to Amanda Davies of CNN Sport.
“And just as we are pioneers in our sport because women’s football is very young by comparison, we are pioneers in this global equality that must exist and an opportunity that must exist for all,” added Heath.
Outside the field, both Heath and Press are equally busy. You are co-founders of re-Inc – a streetwear fashion brand that was founded in collaboration with USWNT colleague Megan Rapinoe and former teammate Meghan Klingenberg, who won the 2015 World Cup.
Press, Heath and re-Inc also recently teamed up with American snack company Stacy’s to promote women-owned businesses and gain more public visibility for them.
The fight for equal pay continues
The public is also very much aware of the ongoing battle for equal pay, a battle none of the stars wants to give up despite a federal judge dismissing the USWNT players’ lawsuit against the US Football Association in May.
“We talk about it all the time. We will get very little personally from winning the lawsuit. But we’re doing it because it will have a huge impact on the future of the game, ”Press told CNN Sport. “It will create resources for players, hopefully globally. And it sets a precedent for women to have a stake in all professions, in all careers. ”
The press added, “I think this is one of our strengths as a team in fighting this lawsuit. We have strong, powerful women around us all the time. And our norm is not the norm in the world. We are used to seeing. ”Women as leaders, as women, as life changers, game changers, world changers. And that is, I think, our superpower. ”
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Heath, the two-time world champion, also explained her position, noting: “I think it’s bigger than anything we could ever win in football. And the reason I’m saying this is that in football, even if you win a World Cup, you will inspire the next generation of girls who play football.
“But that way you can inspire the whole world to be treated equally and paid equally. And that far outweighs anything I could ever do in the field. ”
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